Virginia Beach bridal shop gives free dresses to military women, first responders


(BRANDI) FOR BRIDES-TO-BE, THERE’S A LOT OF STRESS THAT GOES INTO PLANNING THE BIG DAY. MANY IN HAMPTON ROADS ARE ALSO PLANNING AROUND MILITARY DEPLOYMENTS, WHETHER IT’S THEIR OWN OR THEIR SOON TO BE SPOUSES. ONE LOCAL BRIDAL SHOP WANTS TO EASE THAT STRESS A LITTLE BIT, BY GIVING SOME FUTURE BRIDES FREE DRESSES. OUR MARIELENA BALOURIS EXPLAINS. INSIDE AVA CLARA COUTURE BRIDAL, THE EXCITEMENT WAS TANGIBLE. MILITARY WOMEN, FUTURE SPOUSES AND FIRST RESPONDERS GETTING THE CHANCE TO TAKE HOME THE DRESS OF THEIR DREAMS — FOR FREE. ALEXANDRA FLEEAR, OWNER OF AVA CLARA BRIDAL IT’S INCREDIBLY REWARDING OWNER ALEXANDRA FLEEAR SAYS THE BRIDAL SHOP HAS PARTNERED WITH “BRIDES ACROSS AMERICA” FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS. FUTURE BRIDES PAY A 25 DOLLAR REGISTRATION FEE TO THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION, THEN GET TAKE THEIR PICK. ALEXANDRA FLEEAR, OWNER OF AVA CLARA BRIDAL THAT’S ONE LITTLE PART TOWARDS THEIR BIG DAY, ESPECIALLY SERVING OUR COUNTRY CATINA LEWIS IS ONE OF THOSE BRIDES, HERE TO PICK UP A DRESS SHE FOUND A FEW WEEKS AGO — BUT THE SHOP TOLD HER TO WAIT UNTIL THIS DAY. CATINA LEWIS, BRIDE-TO-BE I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS DRESS, I CRIED IN THIS DRESS. HAVING A HUSBAND IN THE NAVY LEWIS SAYS A GESTURE LIKE THIS MEANS A LOT. CATINA LEWIS, BRIDE-TO-BE I THINK IT’S AMAZING BECAUSE NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE ACTUALLY SACRIFICE A LOT SOME DRESSES WERE DONATED BY AVA CLARA, OTHERS FROM DESIGNERS THEMSEVLES. FOR THE FIRST TIME — FIRST RESPONDERS WERE INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT THIS YEAR. FLEEAR SAYS HEARING THE STORIES OF ALL OF THE WOMEN MAKES IT WORTH IT. ALEXANDRA FLEEAR, OWNER OF AVA CLARA BRIDAL NOTHING BETTER THAN TO SAY THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNTIY IN HAMPTON ROADS BY BEING INVOLVED WITH BRIDES ACROSS AMERICA

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